03/02/15 3:03pm

mt jefferson park

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will host a public meeting on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, located at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia, to review and provide input on a draft park plan and plan alternatives for the section of Mount Jefferson Park & Greenway between Raymond Ave. and Route 1.

The City is working in conjunction with the Oakville Triangle/Route 1 Corridor planning process to develop a plan for that section of the park. A copy of the draft plan and plan alternatives is available at this link.

For additional information and submit ideas if unable to attend, contact Laura Durham, Open Space Coordinator, or 703.746.5493.

03/02/15 10:35am
Hampton Mansion

Hampton Mansion by Cait Vaughn, on Flickr

Join John H. Sprinkle Jr., PhD, for an animated discussion on the Hampton Mansion and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, on Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Morrison House Hotel, located at 116 South Alfred Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Located outside Baltimore, Hampton was the late eighteenth-century home of Maryland’s Ridgely family. In addition to its association with the establishment of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, one of its claims to fame is that Hampton was the first property federally designated as nationally significant only for its architectural qualities. The story of Hampton’s recognition involves the collaboration of Fiske Kimball and David Finley, who believed that part of their mission as museum curators was to expand the patriotic goals of the historic preservation movement to include the official and academic recognition of the intrinsic value of American architecture as beautiful works of art. Their work to identify, evaluate, and collect a representative sample of American art paralleled the National Park Service’s mandate (beginning in 1935) to inventory, document, and recognize a comprehensive register of nationally significant historic places.

Dr. Sprinkle serves as a historian with the National Park Service in Washington, DC. This presentation is based on Crafting Preservation Criteria: The National Register of Historic Places and Historic Preservation published in 2014 by Routledge.

The Morrison House Presents, a salon-styled discussion series is sponsored by the Alexandria Archaeological Commission, The Torpedo Factory Art Center, and the Morrison House Hotel.

For more events around the Alexandria, Virginia area, click this link.

03/02/15 5:40am

bus+snow


Via ACPS

Kindergarten through grade 12 and Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) students report two hours later than regular opening time. Morning pre-K programs (Early Childhood Special Education and Preschoolers Learning Together) report two hours later than regular opening time, and dismissed one hour later than usual. Afternoon pre-K reports one hour later than regular opening time and is dismissed at the regular time. Non-administrative licensed staff, paraprofessionals and hall monitors report as soon as possible but no later than 20 minutes before the announced opening of school. All other staff report at regular time. Bus drivers/bus monitors report two hours later than regular time.

03/01/15 11:31am

Owly Image
The National Weather Service has upgraded the previously issued Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning through 3:00 AM on Monday, March 2.

A warning is issued when a winter storm is occurring or is about to occur in the area, usually within 36 hours. Generally, a Winter Storm Warning is issued when accumulation of ice or snow is happening or going to happen.

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM EST MONDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN
EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM EST MONDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS…WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA…CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
MARYLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO AN INCH OF SNOW AND SLEET. 1 TO 2
INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET NEAR THE MASON-DIXON LINE. ICE
ACCUMULATION AROUND ONE QUARTER INCH.

* TIMING…SNOW AND SLEET WILL CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN BETWEEN 11
AM AND 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST ICE ACCRETION FROM FROM
FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.
PRECIPITATION WILL END THIS EVENING.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW AND ICE COVERED THROUGH TONIGHT.
TRAVELLING WILL BE DANGEROUS.

* WINDS…SOUTH AROUND 5 TO 10 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…RISING THROUGH THE 20S THIS AFTERNOON.
TEMPERATURES WILL RISE INTO THE LOWER 30S THIS EVENING…AND
REMAIN NEARLY STEADY OVERNIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR
IMPOSSIBLE.

03/01/15 7:00am

2014 GW Birthday Parade

Select your favorite archaeological sites from 16 featured digs covering 13,000 years of Alexandria’s history.

Beginning on March 3 through March 28, stop by the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union St., #327 in Old Town to vote for the showcased match-up, or vote online at this link.

In Alexandria ArchaeoMadness, 16 selected sites, highlighting the City’s rich and diverse past, enter the tournament in a single elimination bracket.  For each game, participants vote for their favorite in a head-to-head competition between two sites.  The winners from each matchup move on to the next round to compete in the final March 28 championship.

Alexandria’s ArchaeoMadness is based on an international tournament presented by the Archaeological Institute of America and sponsored by Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA).

Join FOAA and support archaeology in Alexandria. www.FOAA.info.

The Alexandria Archaeology Museum, located on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, is free and open to the public. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Contact 703.746.4399 or archaeology@alexandriava.gov for additional information.

Go to www.AlexandriaArchaeology.org for more information on these and hundreds of other Alexandria archaeological sites.

03/01/15 6:24am

Winter Weather
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area until 3:00 AM Monday, March 2. Advisories are issued when traveling conditions are expected to worsen. Looks like we will get a sheet of ice with this storm so be careful out there!

..WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS
MORNING TO 3 AM EST MONDAY…

* LOCATIONS…WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO 1 INCH OF SNOW AND SLEET ACROSS
WASHINGTON DC AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND. 1 TO 2 INCHES IN THE
NORTHERN AND WESTERN SUBURBS OF WASHINGTON DC. ICE
ACCUMULATION AROUND ONE TENTH OF AN INCH.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL BEGIN BETWEEN 7 AM AND 10 AM THIS MORNING.
SNOW WILL CHANGE TO SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN BETWEEN NOON AND 3
PM THIS AFTERNOON. PRECIPITATION WILL END AS FREEZING RAIN TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW AND ICE COVERED TODAY AND TONIGHT.
TRAVELLING WILL BE DIFFICULT WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES FROM SNOW
AND SLICK ROADWAYS.

* WINDS…SOUTH AROUND 5 TO 10 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…RISING THROUGH THE 20S MORNING. TEMPERATURES WILL
RISE INTO THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 30S THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE
DROPPING BACK INTO THE LOWER 30S LATE TONIGHT.